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Sunday, October 2, 2011

How to Blog: Blogging 101--A FREE Seminar for Woman

In the last few days, I have received many emails from people who need blog buttons. As a graphic artist, I design those, as well as blog headers, so if you need one made, just email me at: They're not expensive.

If you are new to blogging, you won't want to miss Debbie's Blog Party for Newbies on Mondays!! Link up and meet new people--it's a blast!!!

Class 4: Pay A Friend a Visit

You have just entered a free online class for women by Cindy Adkins, author of “Blogging: It’s a ‘Woman’ Thing” and “Blog from the Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Blogging,” both available on Amazon.

While this class was designed for women, men are invited too!

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From this class, you will learn:

  1. Why it is important to visit other blogs and leave a message
  2. Why it is important to visit a blog rather than just email a person.
  3. The importance of using keywords in your title.

But, before we start, here’s a quick re-cap and checklist:

Move your “followers” list to the top of your sidebar so everyone can find it.

If you want more comments, remove the “word verification” from your comments.

Be sure to imbed your blog address into your email--Some people have already done that--yay!!! You were listening!!!!


Visit a friend:

One way to increase traffic to your blog is to visit someone that you have not talked to in a long time. Let’s face it--we all get busy. We forget about people we used to talk to. So, when you leave here, just go to your list of followers, pick someone to visit and leave them a message.

But, there’s a reason: Remember I talked about back-links making you more visible in search engines???? Well, if you leave a message for someone, you will find that your blog name ends up in a search engine for that too!!! MORE TRAFFIC to your blog!!!

Leave a Message: This is very important. If someone visits your blog and leaves you a message, make sure to visit their blog and leave one for them. Simply sending an email means, “Thanks for coming, but I’m not at all interested in your blog!” I have had this happen to me and believe me, if I was a first-time visitor to someone’s blog who does that to me, I don’t come back.

Special Note: If you are good friends with someone, that is a different story...You will catch up and visit as soon as you can, but I’m talking about if someone visits your blog and you never try to visit theirs. Got it?

There is one more item I would like to gloss over today (more detail will be forthcoming in Blogging 102 next week.) Do not forget the importance of key words when creating your blog posts--that is, if you want NEW people to find you.

Do you notice that each class of mine is entitled “How to Blog.....”

The reason is because that is a much-searched for term. If I want to help people who are in Blogland, I need to help them find me if they are not already followers of my blog. So, remember that when you are making your posts.

If you go to Google and type in “How to blog,” my class is on the very FIRST page of Google! See what I mean? It works!

So, when you post, if you want to be found, make sure that you use key words. Like I said, I will go into greater detail about that in Blogging 102, which starts next week. I will also help you to find where key words are located.

SPECIAL NOTE: Because of the overwhelming amount of emails I have received in response to this seminar, I have made a series of tutorials on my Whimsical Musings Magazine blog. I hope that they will help answer many questions of a "techie" nature. They are so EASY and required a great deal of work to simplify them to be helpful with pertinent questions--but I think it is really worth it to have all the info. in ONE PLACE that you can access:

These include:

How to insert a blog button

How to make a favicon

How to get rid of word verification on Blogger

How to center a header on blogger

Why the +1 button is important for blog ranking

How am I doing? Was this class helpful? If it was, please click the +1 button down below--thank you!!! To find out ALL ABOUT the +1 button, click HERE!!!

Because I am in the midst of a big project, I will not be available for questions on Monday--just wanted you to know I didn't disappear!


Jo said...

You are doing brilliantly! I'm learning lots!

Barbara said...

Thank you so much for helping us out here. I'm only able to check in hit or miss but I am reading and learning.

Hugs XX

Anonymous said...

Love it, Cindy. You are sure a big help to newcomers. I agree with all that you covered. A+ for the teacher. ;)

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Cindy,
You are so sweet to do this...even a long time blogger like me learned something new, like someone sending and email vs leaving a comment..very interesting. Looking forward to seeing more.

Be blessed...

Just me said...

This is a good one. When I started blogging there were a lot of people asking questions about blog etiquette for when someone visits your blog but no one seemed to know the answer to whether or not to respond and how.

Myric said...

Hi Cindy!
how do I imbed my blog address into your email? And how do I remove the "word verification" from my comments or how would I know if it is already removed?.


Myric said...

oh by the way, can I mention/feature Blog From the Heart on my blog?

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i clicked the +1, Cindy! thanks for sharing all these tips!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I am loving all the tips! You are AWESOME! :):):):):):):):):):):)

New End Studio said...

Thanks for the tips!

suziqu's thread works said...

Thanks heaps Cindy.
Love and hugs,

craftattack said...

Thanks for the tips again! Valerie

Gail said...

Thanks Cindy, this is wonderful what you are doing! I've been blogging for two years and I'm still learning. Looking forward to learning more.

Have a wonderful day,

Ira said...

You are giving some seriously useful tips and tricks here Cindy, I am learning a lot from you!! Thanks for another great lesson, hugs, Ira

Dorthe said...

Yes you are doing GREAT dear Cindy- thanks so much- I`m LEARNING :)
and love it, sweet woman.

Brenda Brown said...

You are dong a great job Cindy, I just love reading these posts.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Gisèle said...

Cindy, your seminar is wonderful; you explain things so well; a natural teacher. I have been getting a lot of traffic from your posting of my giveaway yesterday. thanks again sweetheart, big kiss. G

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

You are doing wonderful Cindy! Thank you so much. And thank you for putting the newbie party out there too.

Cindy said...

Another great lesson, Cindy! I joined the Newbie Party, thanks to you! Such valuable information here! You're such a generous person to share all your knowledge with us! Hugs,

Patricia's Paper Crafts said...

Thank you for all the visits and your articles on how to blog I am still new to blogging and it's been over whelming for me to keep up.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Blogging is so much fun! It is amazing how we can connect with creative people across the globe. It is such an inspiration! ~Val

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Helpful should be your middle name.
Once again you make everything so crystal clear. As you know I have wordpress (oh bane of my life) but you have helped me so much.
Trying to figure out to include my blog address in my e-mails - that is my next step.

Fliss said...

Just catching up with your posts Cindy and want to say thanks so much again as I'm learning a lot of new stuff here which is all so interesting.
I do try not to put too much on my posts but because I want to teach people there always seems to be quite a lot to say! No cure for that methinks!
Thanks again.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

This is fabulous Cindy and I know it takes a lot of work to post something like this. Thank You. Even an old blogger like me learned something. I never knew what the +1 button meant and hadn't taken the time to look it up. Now I know and I pushed yours. :) Thank you for coming by and leaving such a sweet message. xo

Patricia's Paper Crafts said...

Cindy thanks for stopping by today. Stopped at your blog several times to read about blogging love the articles.

Just me said...

Thanks for stopping by and grabbing my button Cindy!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

You are certainly giving us a lot of wonderful food for thought, girlfriend. You have had me popping all over my blog, re-acquainting me with things I know and educating me on things I never had a clue about. Well done, many thanks. Hugs, Gayle.

Linda M. said...

Hi Cindy, Congratulation on your classes. I'll be back tomorrow I hope to spend more time trying to catch up on your posts. I really hate being too sick to play with my friends. Hugs, Linda

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Cindy,
Thanks for the recaps and great tips. This is a wonderful seminar you've put together. Thanks a heap o' love.

Sarah said...

This is great, Cindy...thank you! You really practice what you preach too. I love it when you visit my blog because you leave meaningful comments that let me know you actually paid attention to at least PART of what I posted! :) Thank you for that!


Daniella said...

I'd love to hear what other words are good to know in the title of a post.
How awesome that you were the first thing that came up on google!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I am so glad to have found your blog! Great tutorials. And today I used YOUR key words for a blog post. This information was too good not to share :-)

Lisa said...

I can tell that I will be spending a lot of time here reading and learning. Thanks for your huge effort in teaching all of us newbies.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Cindy,

I actually have to disagree with you about emails...a little...
We are all extremely busy and sometimes sending an email is faster especially from our smart phones.
I do appreciate them as much as comments on my blog.
Some people are just shy or want to comment in private.